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Senator Pushes Airlines to Add Movie Captions for Hearing Impaired Flyers

Excerpt from The Hill

Jun 06, 2014 4:00 am

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Airlines are spotty when it comes to subtitles, and it’s complicated by the challenge of communicating to a broad set of users who speak and read in multiple languages.

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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) wants U.S. airlines to add closed captioning to movies that are shown during long flights in an effort to aid hearing impaired airline passengers.

Harkin said he was considering adding an amendment requiring the airline industry to at least study the proposal to a $54 billion funding bill for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development during a markup of the measure on Thursday.

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